To the north, San Diego is defined by fields of cultivated flowers and grapes. To the east, its hills and mountains beckon exploration. To the west, 70 miles of Pacific coastline bring in the ocean breezes that help this place keep its cool. And to the south is Mexico, exporting a Latino spice that in turn heats things up again.
Stay in historic Old Town or the convenient Hotel Circle. Hop on the San Diego Trolley to the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the oldest in the city, and to Horton Plaza shopping and the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter.
Downtown, visit Sea World, the Embarcadero, and Balboa Park, the urban cultural center that houses the San Diego Zoo. Then head east to PETCO Ballpark to catch a Padres game.
For beach or bay view, head north to Carlsbad, near Legoland, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and famous Torrey Pines championship golf. Scenic seaside La Jolla beckons with charming cafes and boutiques. Nearby Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument are great spots for watching gray whales migrate and sea lions frolic.
Visit Coronado for its fantastic dune beach, the historic Hotel del Coronado, and a quaint, walkable downtown area. Crossing over the soaring San Diego-Coronado Bridge is, in itself, a rite of passage - so have your camera ready!
With a near-perfect climate, miles of alluring coastline, and a wonderful array of attractions, San Diego is a great choice for a family vacation.
San Diego Sightseeing
Sea World San Diego
San Diego Zoo
San Diego City Tour
Southern California Value Pass
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Harbor Cruises
Hornblower Dinner Cruise
Sunset Hot Air Balloon
Wine Country Tour
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon
Champagne Sunset Flight
Palomar Mountain/Mail Run
The Rum Run
Black Jack Run
Four Seasons Resort Aviara - A 200-acre plateau with sweeping Pacific Ocean views sets the scene for this Spanish Colonial-style resort, featured on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List 2005", as well as the Travel and Leisure "500 List" of the world's best hotels. Tee off on the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and restore your energy with a Watsu massage at Aviara spa.
Hotel Del Coronado - Travel back in time to a more glamorous era at this iconic oceanfront resort, a National Historic Landmark and the location for Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe. Elegant guest rooms are equipped with modern amenities and windows that open to ocean breezes, and the spa provides comprehensive body and beauty treatments.
La Costa Resort & Spa - Fresh from a complete renovation, this legendary resort again sets the standard for spa and sports destinations. Renew yourself with exotic massages, herbal wraps, scrubs, and facials at the spa. Tee off on 2 PGA championship golf courses, and perfect your serve on the same tennis courts that host the annual Acura Classic.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Marina - Set on a private 15-acre peninsula, this resort overlooks the Pacific and San Diego Bay. Comfortable accommodations feature private balconies with water views and oversized soaking tubs. Guests delight in the private beach access, California cuisine at Azzura Point, and martinis and piano music in the lounge at cocktail hour.
Holiday Inn Carlsbad-By-The-Sea - Close to Legoland, SeaWorld, the famous San Diego Zoo, the beaches of Carlsbad, and more, this hotel is ideally situated for families. Guest rooms feature a private verandah and complimentary wireless Internet access, on-site dining is convenient at TGIFriday's, and the fitness center helps you keep in shape while you travel.
Holiday Inn On The Bay - This high-rise hotel on the waterfront affords easy access to downtown attractions, harbor cruises, and the ferry to Coronado Island. Dine at famous Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and sample microbrews on the terrace at the Elephant & Castle pub. The heated outdoor pool and harborside breeze-swept sundeck are favorite relaxation spots.
Hyatt Regency Islandia - This high-rise hotel on Mission Bay features modern guest rooms with views of the ocean, bay, marina, swimming pool, or the courtyard and koi pond. Stay in touch with family via the high-speed Internet access and T-Mobile Hotspot Wireless Broadband in all rooms, and dip into a heated pool shaped like the state of California!
Paradise Point Resort & Spa - Pathways and streams wind through this private, 44-acre island in Mission Bay, where single-story California-style bungalows face the gardens, lagoons, or bay. Families love the seasonal kids' camp, sandy beach, and proximity to SeaWorld. The spa's exotic Balinese and Thai body rituals help you forget the outside world.
Bahia Resort Hotel - On a private, sandy peninsula jutting into Mission Bay, this breezy resort is great for playing and partying. Alfresco dining at Cafe Bahia features Southern Cal cuisine infused with Southwestern flavors. Lounge by the pool and 30-person whirlpool spa, play tennis day or night, and rent a kayak to explore the bay.
Rancho Bernardo Inn - A challenging golf course that has hosted PGA and LPGA events anchors this luxury resort featuring superior service and spacious rooms filled with antiques. Play on the same tennis courts where Connors and McEnroe once battled, and listen to classical piano music while savoring exquisite French fare at El Bizcocho.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - Tradition, environment, and design combine to renew and inspire you at this resort, one of Conde Nast Traveler's 2005 "Hottest New Hotels in the World." Greet the morning with a sunrise yoga class at the spa, and sip a signature margarita to live Spanish Flamenco guitar music on the patio at Mustangs & Burros.
The Lodge At Torrey Pines - Name to Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List 2005" of the world's best hotels, this Craftsman-style resort features elegant rooms with custom-designed furnishings. The stunning golf course is home to the PGA's Buick Invitational, and the world-class spa emphasizes holistic rituals and yoga, tai chi, and Pilates classes.